Nepal is located in the central Himalayas in South Asia, with a total population of approximately 30 million people. RAD-AID performed a Radiology Readiness Assessment (RRA) in 2014 and partnered with Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Kathmandu. When an earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, RAD-AID provided assistance in May 2015 to six hospitals in providing care for trauma patients, implementing of trauma radiology protocols, radiology-infrastructure damage assessments, and helping to create a reconstruction plan.
Since the inception of the program, RAD-AID has sent teams of sonographers, technologists, IT specialists, radiology residents and radiologists to support radiology capacity building in multiple sites: TUTH, National Trauma Center, Chirayu Hospital, and Hospital and Rehabilitation for Disabled Children (HRDC).
RAD-AID donated and installed PACS at TUTH and has continued supporting radiology education to multidisciplinary radiology professionals remotely and on-site in ultrasound, breast imaging, IR, pediatrics, MSK, and nursing.
Under the leadership of Dr. Carlin Ridpath, and with the continued support from the University of Colorado RAD-AID Chapter, RAD-AID Nepal strives to improve radiology information system, radiology education and rural healthcare outreach.